Each year more than 10,000 live animals are shot,stabbed,mutilated and killed in cruel military training exercises.
Violent military exercises like these continue regularly across the U.S. even though most civilian facilities and many military facilities have already replaced animal laboratories with superior lifelike simulators that breathe, bleed, and even "die." Nearly 80 percent of the U.S.' NATO allies also do not use animals for military medical training.
Unlike mutilating and killing animals, training on simulators allows medics and soldiers to practice on accurate anatomy and repeat vital procedures until all trainees are confident and proficient. Studies show that medical care providers who learn trauma treatment using simulators are better prepared to treat injured patients than those who are trained using animals. Even a leading U.S. Army surgeon admitted in an e-mail to colleagues that "there still is no evidence that [training on animals] saves lives."